Sunday, January 26, 2003

Van Horn, Iverson lead 76ers to win


Philly coach relieved to see balanced effort

The Associated Press

MIAMI - The Philadelphia 76ers are beginning to understand Allen Iverson can't carry the team by himself.

"We can't put it all on the little kid, even though he's as good an offensive player as there is in the league," coach Larry Brown said. "You can't put it all on him all the time."

Keith Van Horn scored 26 points and Iverson had 25, including a 12-footer with 42.1 seconds left that put Philadelphia ahead for good in its 97-91 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday.

But the team's fate did not rest in Iverson's hands alone, which is the way Brown wants it.

Eric Snow added 16 points, Derrick Coleman returned to the lineup after missing two games and scored 14 points, and rookie John Salmons found a way to do something none of his teammates could - shut down Miami's Caron Butler.

"We just did a good job stopping them on defense. We executed well on the offensive end," Iverson said. "We just played an overall great game."

Eddie Jones had 26 points for Miami, which saw its season-high three-game home winning streak snapped. Butler scored 22 for the Heat, but none after the 4:23 mark of the third quarter.

Spurs 108, Pistons 76

SAN ANTONIO - Tim Duncan scored 22 points and Stephen Jackson added 20 to lead San Antonio over Detroit.

The Spurs shot a season-best 61.1 percent from the floor and led the entire way against the Pistons.

Richard Hamilton paced the Pistons with 17 points.

San Antonio established its inside scoring from the start, building a double-digit lead midway through the opening period. The Spurs led by as many as 36 in the third quarter.

Hawks 102, Cavaliers 101, OT

CLEVELAND - Glenn Robinson scored 27 points, including six in overtime, to help Atlanta beat Cleveland.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 25 points for Atlanta as the Hawks won for the first time on the road since Nov. 12.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 19 points to lead Cleveland, which has lost six in a row and nine of 10. The Cavaliers dropped to 0-2 under interim coach Keith Smart, who replaced the fired John Lucas on Monday.

Smush Parker scored 17 points for Cleveland, including two 3-pointers in overtime.

SuperSonics 95, Grizzlies 83

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Vladimir Radmanovic scored a career-high 29 points to lead Seattle past Memphis.

Radmanovic was 9-of-15 from the field, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range, as Seattle snapped a four-game road losing streak. The Grizzlies lost for the fifth time in their last six games.

Pau Gasol led Memphis with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Lorenzen Wright had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Memphis led 51-46 at halftime thanks to a 14-0 run in the second quarter that erased a 10-point Seattle lead early in the period. The SuperSonics missed 10 of their first 12 shots in the quarter.

Timberwolves 97, Wizards 89

WASHINGTON - Kevin Garnett scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, and Minnesota rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat Washington.

Garnett was 2-for-7 at halftime, but he shot 4-of-7 in the vital third quarter and finished with 10 rebounds and six assists. Kendall Gill made all five of his shots in the third quarter, scoring 13 of his 19 points.

Bucks 88, Nuggets 75

MILWAUKEE - Sam Cassell scored 26 points and Ray Allen added 21 as Milwaukee beat Denver.

The Bucks (21-21) have won seven of eight, and had not been at .500 since they were 8-8 on Nov. 30.

The Nuggets improved offensively from Friday, when they were held to 58 points by Boston.

Notes

HORNETS: Guard Baron Davis will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

Davis injured the knee during the third quarter of Friday night's 97-96 overtime loss to Portland. The team said it wouldn't know how long Davis will be out until Monday.

Davis has averaged 16.8 points and 6.9 assists in 36 games this season. He missed eight games earlier in the season due to back spasms.

RAPTORS: Vince Carter is expected to return to the lineup today Sunday against Sacramento after missing 23 games with a strained knee.

LAKERS: Coach Phil Jackson said Friday that his effectiveness could be waning with the team.

Jackson said in the past that five years is about as long as a team will respond to a coach's methods. He has two more seasons left on his current deal with the Lakers and has been discussing an extension with owner Jerry Buss.

Now, it seems any decision on the future might have to wait until the Lakers' latest in-season drama plays out.

"It's been a push-and-pull kind of thing this year with them," Jackson said.




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